Two days after it was confirmed that Francesco Totti will remain with Roma in an off-the-field role, following a remarkable 25-year career with the club, let’s take a look at the ten best goals he ever scored for his one and only team.
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10. vs Juventus, 2013
Il Capitano never stopped scoring meaningful goals, even in the twilight of his career. In 2013 he sealed victory for Roma over Juventus with a long-range thunderbolt. He struck the ball perfectly with his first touch, and it shot like a bullet into the top corner, over a helpless Gigi Buffon.
9. vs Lazio, 2015
Yes, that goal. A derby strike that would circulate Totti’s name around the football globe once again. With Roma trailing to their rivals 2-1, Totti latched onto a deep cross from Jose Holebas, throwing himself acrobatically at the ball. He volleyed it back across the keeper to become the all-time leading scorer in Rome derbies, and immortalised the moment with a rather famous selfie…
8. vs Torino, 2002
Torino proved to be a popular opponent for Francesco – who could forget his brace from the bench against them to turn the match around in 2016? Earlier in his career he scored another standout goal against the Granata, beating the goalkeeper and defender as he kept the ball close to his feet, setting himself up for an easy finish.
7. vs Sampdoria, 2004
Another example of Totti’s extraordinary dribbling ability, with this goal he took the ball from near the halfway line all the way to the goal, with the defence left dumbfounded as to how to stop him. He had only one thing on his mind as he moved down the pitch. To top it all off, he chose a cheeky chipped finish across goal that, as many of his goals did, left the opposing keeper stranded.
6. vs Genoa, 2016
Totti was in fantastic form in 2016 and won the team many important results. With the Giallorossi drawing with Genoa, he took responsibility for the team’s chances of victory, and delivered. Rolled the ball by Daniele De Rossi from a late free kick, Totti thundered the ball into the back of the net to secure the three points for Roma.
5. vs AC Milan, 1996
A goal from before Totti became Roma’s number 10, and one that proved he had the skill to don that famous number in the future. With the Rossoneri goalkeeper stranded outside of his box, the young Totti, who had seized possession from him in the first place, pulled off a sublime finish to capitalise on the opportunity. Using the outside of his right foot, he curled the ball into the far bottom corner of the empty net, showing great technique and control of the ball.
4. vs Lazio, 2002
Il Capitano loved a derby goal, and they didn’t come any better than this one. With exquisite technique, he chipped the ball over the Lazio keeper – who wasn’t even that far off his line – from outside the box. He proceeded to perform another infamous celebration, revealing the ‘6 Unica’ t-shirt dedicated to Roma’s fans, in one of the greatest derby results of recent memory.
3. vs Udinese, 2000
Only a handful of players are able to execute world class finishes with their weaker foot; Francesco Totti was certainly in that group. Watching the ball all the way as it came towards him in the air, he sent it flying into the roof of the net with a tremendous left-footed volley. His run was timed to perfection so that the ball dropped right into his path, and after the ball had fallen across his body, he let fly and scored one of his most famous goals.
2. vs Inter Milan, 2005
Another famous cucchiaio of Totti’s, this one scored at the San Siro. He emerged successful from challenges by Inter defenders, whose teammates further down the pitch were clearly fearful of Totti’s ability to keep the ball. Hence, he was able to run into dangerous space, and completed his wonder goal with a beautiful chip over Julio Cesar. His perfectly placed effort went down in Roma history, and will live long in the memory for years to come.
1. vs Sampdoria, 2006
It would take something truly special to beat the Inter strike, and Totti’s spectacular volley against Sampdoria in 2006 was definitely that. Like the Udinese volley he had scored a few years prior, it was scored with his ‘weaker’ left foot (although as we came to establish, Totti was a genuinely two-footed player).
He confidently dispatched the ball from a near impossible angle following Marco Cassetti’s cross; it flew past the keeper due to the huge amount of power he struck it with. Totti’s precise technique was one of the strongest points of his game, evident in many of his goals – this one being a prime example. Leaving even the Sampdoria fans in applause, it was the greatest of the 307 goals he scored for Roma.